Plutarch (c. 50-120)

“There is no difference between a friend and a mercenary except that the former is kept by the way he is treated and addressed, and the latter by money.”

  • On Sparta (Life of Cleomenes, section 13), excerpted from Plutarch’s Parallel Lives, translated by Richard J. A. Talbert. New York: Penguin Classics, 2005.

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